Wick­low LEO cre­ated 350 jobs in five years

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

SINCE Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low was es­tab­lished in 2014, over 4,000 clients have been trained and €2,616,714 in grants have been ap­proved.

Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice fig­ures from first five years across the coun­try have been re­leased half a decade since their in­cep­tion.

The fig­ures were an­nounced by Heather Humphreys T.D., Min­is­ter for Busi­ness, En­ter­prise and In­no­va­tion and Pat Breen T.D., Min­is­ter for Trade, Em­ploy­ment, Busi­ness, EU Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket and Data Pro­tec­tion at an event in Russboroug­h House.

Over the past five years 350 jobs have been cre­ated by Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low sup­ported clients and 152 projects have been ap­proved for fund­ing.

Vibeke De­lahunt, Head of En­ter­prise with Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low, said; ‘The fig­ures re­ally do speak for them­selves when you look across the five years of the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices. The Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low has played a key role in fos­ter­ing en­trepreneur­ship in the area and is very much at the ful­crum of the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity. That po­si­tion­ing has come through trust, ex­per­tise and the abil­ity to help busi­nesses over the tough­est of hur­dles be­cause we have the re­sources to do so. Look­ing to the fu­ture, we are at the fore­front of mi­cro-en­ter­prise and we have an op­por­tu­nity to help shape pol­icy and sup­ports that we be­lieve will only in­crease these im­pres­sive fig­ures in the next five years and give our en­trepreneur­s and small busi­nesses an even greater ad­van­tage in the mar­ket.’

Amongst the clients that have started and grown with Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low are Stephen and David Flynn, own­ers of The Happy Pear in Grey­stones. Now a house­hold name in Ire­land when it comes to fresh, or­ganic, lo­cally sourced food. The Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low with its range of busi­ness skills train­ing cour­ses and busi­ness ad­vice were al­ways there to help them, when they were at the start of their busi­ness jour­ney.

An­other ex­am­ple are Tadgh and Louise Hen­der­son, cre­ators of Profits­flow. With the help of the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low this com­pany has come through the some of the tough­est times that Ire­land has seen in re­cent his­tory. Through train­ing cour­ses (SYOB, MDP), sem­i­nars, prim­ing grant, em­ploy­ment grants and busi­ness ex­pan­sion grants, they have grown steadily, which earned them the nom­i­na­tion to rep­re­sent Wick­low at the 2019 Na­tional En­ter­prise Awards.

James Keogh of Rath­wood near the border with Car­low is a na­tional en­ter­tain­ment desti­na­tion with peo­ple trav­el­ling from all over the coun­try for the Christ­mas ‘Santa Train’, the ‘Easter Train’, ‘Teddy Bears Pic­nic’, and many more events. With all of these events Rath­wood pro­vides many lo­cal peo­ple em­ploy­ment and brings more than 250,000 vis­i­tors to the area ev­ery year. The Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low sup­ported James on his busi­ness jour­ney through sup­ports which re­sulted in him win­ning Ire­land’s Best Young En­tre­pre­neur in 2015.

Pat Breen , Min­is­ter of Trade, Em­ploy­ment, Busi­ness, EU Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket and Data Pro­tec­tion, Heather Humphreys, Min­is­ter of Busi­ness, En­ter­prise and In­no­va­tion, Frank Cur­ran, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Wick­low County Coun­cil, Vibeke De­lahunt, Head of En­ter­prise, Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Wick­low, Mark Crys­tal, Man­ager, Re­gions and En­trepreneur­ship, En­ter­prise Ire­land.

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